Dozens of green-fingered protestors planted 120 saplings to make a hedge on land in Covingham Park that has been earmarked for housing development.
Swindon Borough Council’s Strategic Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment suggests that 32 homes could be built around the park but residents and politicians have opposed the idea.
Cllr Kevin Parry said, “It was great to see so many people brave the cold and wet weather to plant the saplings which clearly demonstrates the passion and the pride residents have for our green and open spaces.”
“This is why we are pushing the council to move the boundary lines of the park lease to the Parish Council to protect the park for future generations.”
Dale Heenan said: “Our community hedge plant is a visible way of showing local support for protecting green fields around Covingham Park, but also helps improve the park for wildlife. It’s been a great reaction from residents, and I would like to work with Covingham Parish on the next hedge.”